Friday, 14 December 2012

My Mother in Law was scammed

I received a phone call from my MIL tonight.  She was really peeved as she had been scammed by a company selling anti-wrinkle cream.

Now my MIL is a pretty savvy lady.  The only reason this leaflet did not go in the bin was the fact it came in a hand address envelope with a second class stamp on and then had a hand written message on the top of the flyer saying that it really works and you only needed to pay the postage.

It was the sort of thing one of her friends sends her from time to time in the post, so she decided to ring up and give it a try.

She made the call to an 0800 number and was chatting to an American lady who told her that the postage was 20 for two sample pots.  She took my MIL's card details and said the cream would be on the way, but then tried to sell her some of the cream at £130 for two pots.  yes £130!

My MIL said that she didn't want the cream and put the phone down, but this call had been weighting heavily on her mind, so she rang the bank.  Initially they said they could do nothing to help her, but after many phone calls both to the 0800 number an d also the bank, she managed to ensure than no more than £10 would be taken from her account, however, she still feels duped.

The bank told her that companies pray on older people are they are less likely to realise anything is wrong and will also be too embarrassed to report them.

So she asked me to write to ensure that if you or any of your family receive a flyer like the one above, that you just crumble it up and put it in the bin.

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